Oshawa has a population of over 140,000 and lies 60 km east of downtown Toronto, and is part of Durham Region which has 560,000 residents living along Toronto's eastern edge. Oshawa sits on Highway 401 connecting Toronto to Quebec and the Maritimes, and is the doorway to Ontario's Kawartha Lakes cottage country.
This area has recently become urbanized and has a number of communities in close succession, travelling east from Toronto are Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Uxbridge. These communities are both "bedroom communities" for Toronto and manufacturing centers in their own right. East of Oshawa are Bowmanville. , Port Hope, Cobourg, Trenton and Belleville. Just south of Trenton and Belleville is the Prince Edward County, a tourist mecca also becoming famous for its vineyards.
To the north, in the Kawartha Lakes region, which forms the backbone of the Trent-Severn waterway are the communities of Scugog-Lindsay and Peterborough. These communities are both manufacturing centres, regional shopping clusters and doorways to nearby recreational cottage country. In between these communities is farmland prized for its access to Toronto markets and area highways.
The area began to be settled by European immigrants after the American Revolution, when many British loyalists were granted land in Upper Canada along the shores of Lake Ontario. Later immigration of Irish followed by relocated French Canadians was supported by early industrialization.
By 1853, the Port of Oshawa was established, followed shortly by the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway connecting Toronto and Montreal. In 1858, the Oshawa Manufacturing Company grew into the largest producer of agricultural implements in Canada, followed in 1876 by McLaughlin's carriage works, which grew into todays' General Motors of Canada. The area developed into a significant industrial region during World War II, and has never looked back.
When the 401 and the St Lawrence Seaway were built in the 1950s and 1960s, market access let to further economic growth. More recently the addition of GO Train enabled these communities to be affordable bedroom communities for those working in downtown Toronto.
Away from Lake Ontario, along the recreational Trent-Severn Canal, lies a large "cottage country" region, which encompasses Lake Scugog, Rice Lake, and the Kawartha Lakes. Homes along or close to waterways and lakes have high recreational value to nearby city dwellers.
Today the Oshawa-Durham region has lots of variety in employment, with both blue collar and white collar options, and has excellent access to public and post-secondary education in the community.
There are many communities around Oshawa, along the east-west Highway 401 (which IS NOT the Trans-Canada) roughtly following the lakeshore, and further north to the Kawartha cottage country extending north ot Algonquin Park.
Here are a featured SAMPLING of hotels, motels, long-term accommodation, vacation rentals, lodges and campgrounds. For a complete (and searchable listing) use the red SEARCH feature at right.
Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Welcome to Tower Manor Lodge, on the south shore of beautiful Rice Lake Ontario. We offer clean modern housekeeping cottages, trailer rentals, seasonal R.V. sites as well as a trailer park and camping grounds. Lush, green 6.5 acre
Located in the heart of Prince Edward County, next to the renown Sandbanks Provincial Park, Martins' River County offers a multitude of amnenities for those who love life admidst the great outdoors.
Large, natural wooded or open campsites fully serviced with hydro, village water up-graded to 2000 standards & sewer outlets, central washrooms and free showers. Other conveniences include: clean, weedless sandy beach
Serviced Pull-Through Sites, Spotless Washrooms & Showers, Controlled Access Gate, Public Seasonal Boat Launching & Docking Authorized Dealer for Mackenzie Trailers, Heated Salt Water In Ground Pool Wading Pool for Tots,
Log Chateau Park has been family owned and operated since 1967. Our 200 acre woodland family campground is located in the heart of the beautiful Kawartha Lakes.
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Oshawa-Durham.
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
The Saturday farm market is back in Port Perry providing locally grown market fresh fruit, vegetables, farm fresh produce, fresh meat, flowers, herbs, baked good and preserves.
Winemaker Kimball Lacey is sinking his County roots deeper every year while Liz Lacey runs the well-appointed tasting room and retail store. Andrew Gray our Marketing director works alongside Kimball in the vineyard. C
Located on 264 acres of rolling meadows and mature woodlands the nine hole course features Eels Creek on its way to Stoney Lakeflowing over a series of rapids cascading over pre-cambrian outcroppings. The creek, its rapids, and bunkers make
A scenic course situated along Stoney Lake
Mature championship private golf course that has played host to CPGA events.
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